Handmaker's Factory

Sewing with scraps


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Scraps. If you're like me then you're in good supply of them. I hate to throw them away, they're just too good to go in the bin. But what to do with them? Well, around here we sew toys!

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We have a few toy pattern books on our bookshelf, our favourites being Softies and More Softies. Toys are a great way to get kids involved in sewing, my girls are always asking to help in the studio. They trace the patterns, cut out, stitch and stuff with a little help from me on the machine. I have a feeling it won't be long before they're whipping them up themselves and I'll be fighting for my spot at the sewing machine!

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Esme stitching the face to the body of her monkey

Toys are great gifts to give to friends for birthdays. We have made quite a few so far this year and they have all been very well received to my delight! I'd much prefer to gift something handmade than buy something I know will be forgotten about in a week.

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Mia stuffing the limbs of her monkey

So before you throw those scraps in the bin think about how they could be used instead. Investing a little time and some stuffing has resulted in time with my kids, them learning a new skill and their friends receiving beautiful hand made gifts!

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Cheeky and Minty all done!

How do you use up your scraps? Quilts? appliqué? Toys? Something else?
Tags: Recycling, Sewing

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